After four years with Adam Henry as his receivers coach — two at LSU and the last two with the Browns — Jarvis Landry will have to get used to a new voice.
New coach Kevin Stefanski replaced Henry with Chad O’Shea, who won two Super Bowls with Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
“Obviously given our history it was tough,” Landry said Wednesday on a Zoom call with area reporters. “But Chad is also a guy that has proven history, has been on Super Bowl teams, coached Super Bowl teams and has a history of coaching a lot of receivers that play in the slot, that play on the outside.
“We talk a lot about just the option route. He’s had guys like (New England’s Julian) Edelman, who is arguably one of the best guys in the NFL to be able to run an option route and make the right decision all the time. We’ve just kind of been talking and critiquing my game and finding ways to allow me to do what I do best, and our relationship is obviously building and growing.”
O’Shea spent 2019 as offensive coordinator with the Dolphins before being fired by coach Brian Flores, whom he followed from New England after 10 seasons. Stefanski made him passing game coordinator/receivers coach, so he’ll lead Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., who had Henry as receivers coach with LSU, the Giants and the Browns.
“I’ve met him before, but I can’t wait to actually get into the room and continue to learn, go through all the struggles, the ups and downs or whatever it is and then put it together on a Sunday and win some football games,” Landry said of O’Shea.
As Landry rehabs in Florida following hip surgery in February, he’s participating in the virtual offseason program. Stefanski installs his offensive system along with coordinator Alex Van Pelt, and O’Shea shepherds the receivers through the process.
“Obviously, this is challenging for everybody, you know everybody that’s kind of going through this process of having to learn through iPads and Zoom calls and things like that,” Landry said. “But you know the coaching staff has done a great job from AVP, Coach Kevin, Chad, I’m sure the entire staff. The way that Coach Stefanski has been running things, it’s been very helpful.”
UNDER HIS WING
Landry and Michigan receiver/returner Donovan Peoples-Jones formed a bond as they trained together in Florida, then the Browns drafted People-Jones in the sixth round in April. He’s asked Landry to share his knowledge.
“A lot of our conversations, he has a lot of questions, which I admire about him,” Landry said. “He’s asking me about punters, he’s asking me about the team, he’s asking me about guys on the team.
“Being around him the last two months, I see already he’s a hard worker. I see that he’s eager to learn. And those are some of the things that I appreciate about him.”
Landry’s main piece of advice is to take care of his body.
“I keep talking to him all the time, just listen to your body, trust your body, trust what you’re feeling right now and understand that a lot of people didn’t get the opportunity to kind of have this break with this quarantine,” he said.
LSU had 14 players drafted in April, including two by the Browns — safety Grant Delpit in the second round and linebacker Jacob Phillips in the third. Landry was a proud Tiger.
“I mean, it translates. Mostly every guy that you’ve ever seen that came from LSU had an opportunity to play right away or within the first two years and make an impact,” he said. “It’s always good to add guys like that from the SEC, period, which is one of the best conferences in college football. To have LSU guys coming in, you just added more swagger and more guys that are ready to play and know how to play the game at a high level.”
Peoples-Jones and fourth-round tight end Harrison Bryant were the first from the draft class to sign their four-year rookie contracts, the team announced. Rookie deals are slotted, so the negotiations are much simpler than in the past.
** Tight end Austin Hooper donated $10,000 and teamed with Sauce the City Cleveland to provide 1,000 hot chicken sandwiches for lunch as part of the Feed the Nurses Challenge.